Blizzard Entertainment is proud to announce the 2012 Battle.net World Championship, a major global eSports event featuring some of the best pro-gaming competition in the world. Slated to take place in Asia toward the end of 2012, the Battle.net World Championship will host this year’s StarCraft II and World of Warcraft Arena World Championship tournaments. Blizzard gamers and eSports fans from around the world will be invited to attend and witness some of the most skilled pro players on the planet battle it out for cash and glory.
We’re excited to be showcasing Blizzard eSports on a truly global stage this year. We're also heavily focused on getting Diablo III, Mists of Pandaria, and Heart of the Swarm into players’ hands as soon as possible. In light of our jam-packed schedule, we’ve decided to hold the next BlizzCon in 2013.
More details about the 2012 Battle.net World Championship and BlizzCon 2013, including specific dates and locations, will be coming in the months ahead.
World of Warcraft fans have one final chance to take part in this auction, and get a piece of Blizzard Entertainment history. Recent changes to the hardware running the various World of Warcraft realms in Europe have made a unique opportunity available to players. The old hardware has been carefully decommissioned and lovingly preserved in presentation cases (see attached pictures), and the final batch of retired EU server blades are now available for bidding on eBay; this is the very final step in the charity auction that began in October. Net proceeds will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
St. Jude is a pediatric hospital and research facility where patients from Europe and around the world are cared for. European medical professionals benefit from the discoveries made at St. Jude in their treatment of children with cancer and other serious illnesses. Partner clinics across the globe are aided by the hospital’s valuable research.
If you thought your chance had gone… think again! You can go place your bids now.
For more details, and to view the auction schedule for this final batch of server blades, please visit this blog post on our World of Warcraft community site. More information on St. Jude is also available on their website.
Great news for all Blizzard fans! From today, our latest games are available at retail and on the Blizzard Store at new, permanently low prices. You can now get Wrath of the Lich King for a mere €19.99, Cataclysm for €29.99 or StarCraft II for just €39.99! There’s never been a better time to grab the games you might have missed out on before. Just click here and celebrate the New Year by taking advantage of our new, permanently low prices! Still don´t have World of Warcraft? Now you can get the full game and both expansions for only €54.99!
It’s a rare occasion when we’re able to mark the 15-year anniversary of not only a game, but an entire universe. In 1996, the original Diablo® introduced gamers to the cursed town of Tristram… and the twisted, ancient evil that dwelled beneath it. Diablo II and its expansion, Lord of Destruction®, transformed a claustrophobic dungeon-crawler into a sprawling adventure that drew players into the wider world of Sanctuary. Today, with Diablo III on the horizon, we’d like to celebrate all of the memorable moments that have marked the last decade and a half of Diablo history.
Please join us in celebrating Diablo’s 15-year anniversary -- and we invite you to share your own Diablo memories with us by using the Twitter hashtag #Diablo15.
There’s no escaping it: this is the time of year to buy gifts for your friends and loved ones. Thankfully, Blizzard’s got you covered, because now you can enjoy discounts of up to 30% off StarCraft II and World of Warcraft games. Take this chance to upgrade your gaming experience, or get a simply perfect gift!
Click here for details, but don’t delay: this offer ends on December 21.
Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. today announced the availability in Europe of the Portuguese (Brazilian) version of its critically acclaimed massively multiplayer online role-playing game, World of Warcraft®. All European players can now choose the Portuguese (Brazilian) language option in the game client at no additional cost. Retail copies of the game, with boxes and documentation fully localized into European Portuguese, will be arriving in stores across Portugal starting December 9.
The Spike TV Videogame Awards are coming up, and Spike has just announced that they’ll bestow their second-ever Gamer God award upon Blizzard Entertainment’s three founders, Mike Morhaime, Allen Adham, and Frank Pearce. In addition, Diablo III’s full opening cinematic will make its world premiere during the show. Check out Spike TV’s official announcement for full details, and tune into the VGAs on December 10 at 8:00 p.m. / 7:00 p.m. Central.
The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS), the professional game-industry organization dedicated to advancing the artistic values of the interactive entertainment community, just announced that our very own Frank Pearce, Blizzard Entertainment cofounder and EVP of product development, has been appointed to its Board of Directors. Frank brings his own special brand of grumpy wisdom and blunt objectivity to the AIAS Board, and will represent the interests of the Horde and the Alliance equitably. See the AIAS’ official press release for more information. Congrats, Frank!
Chuck Norris didn’t break a sweat filming the newest World of Warcraft television spot. Instead, he made the director cry and then cooled himself with the tears. This World of Warcraft commercial received its YouTube premiere before being aired on various European TV channels.
We’ve just added some images from Igromir 2011 to the Blizzard gallery. Thousands of visitors passed by our booth at the Crocus Exhibition Centre to get their hands on World of Warcraft: Cataclysm and – for the first time in Russia – Diablo III and StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm.
Experience all the thrills of this event by wandering through our gallery.